Secret Paladin is the deck list that is currently terrorizing the meta after the recent release of The Grand Tournament. The deck is made possible by a single new card: Mysterious Challenger. The card has become known as “Dr. 6” because of its similar impact on the game as Dr. Boom (Dr. 7). The deck can run as many as five (Eye for an Eye and Sacred Trial aren’t worth running) different secrets, so when Mysterious Challenger hits the board your Paladin gets lit up like a Christmas tree (five secrets displayed on the Hero Portrait looks like a tree).
This deck has resurrected numerous cards that saw virtually no play: Noble Sacrifice, Redemption, and Secretkeeper. The idea is to flood the board with sticky minions, and get to turn 6 where you have hopefully drawn into your Mysterious Challenger (you even would keep it in your mulligan). You’ll have minions getting buffed left and right once your opponent attempts to make an attack with a minion. Noble Sacrifice triggers, then you get an Avenge, then your Noble Sacrifice minion is resurrected by Redemption. Plus, if you had any type of board, Competitive Spirit triggers and buffs the whole thing.
Secret Paladin Deck List Update – April 2016 (Season 25)
Secret Paladin Mulligan Guide and Strategy
This deck is so well-rounded now that keeping Mysterious Challenger in your mulligan is no longer necessary. Secrets should be pitched back into the deck immediately. Secretkeeper, Shielded Minibot, Haunted Creeper, and Muster for Battle are the cards you’re looking to keep. Knife Juggler is a worthwhile keep if you have Haunted Creeper or Muster for Battle already.
Secret Paladin Tech Cards
Blessing of Kings is an option if you don’t have Keeper of Uldaman. A second Truesilver Champion or Consecration can go in place of Coghammer, but understand that Coghammer can swing games by completely destroying your opponent’s board while maintaining your own.
Secret Paladin Card Substitutions (Replacements)
Keep in mind that replacements for cards are rarely ever going to be perfect. It’s usually easiest to try and come close to what the card accomplishes, or double up an already existing card in the deck.
- Coghammer: Second Truesilver Champion is a decent replacement.
- Keeper of Uldaman: Blessing of Kings was generally the card that was in the deck prior to the addition of Keeper of Uldaman.
- Tirion Fordring: Sunwalker is the common suggestion, but you can still go with the second Truesilver or even another Haunted Creeper.
Secret Paladin Combos and Synergies
The main reason to play this deck is for Mysterious Challenger and the five potential secrets he can add to your board for 6-mana. You are generally looking to have some kind of board before you make this play, but just dropping him on turn five or six is enough to change the game.
Keeper of Uldaman can be played both offensively and defensively. Play it on one of your 1/1s to make a good trade, or target one of their large minions so you can deal with it with a Truesilver Champion.